Chesapeake names Anadarko's Doug Lawler as CEO
OKLAHOMA CITY -- Chesapeake Energy has announced that Doug Lawler, 46, Senior Vice President, International and Deepwater Operations at Anadarko Petroleum, will join Chesapeake as Chief Executive Officer and a member of the Board of Directors, effective June 17.
Lawler is a petroleum engineer with 25 years of experience in the upstream Exploration and Production industry who has served in increasingly senior leadership roles at Anadarko. With Lawler assuming the CEO position at Chesapeake, the Office of the Chairman will be discontinued and Archie W. Dunham, Steven C. Dixon and Domenic J. Dell’Osso Jr. will continue to serve in their roles as non-executive Chairman of the Board, Executive Vice President of Operations and Geosciences and Chief Operating Officer, and Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, respectively.
During Mr. Lawler’s 25 years at Anadarko and Kerr-McGee, he served in multiple engineering and leadership positions within a diverse geographic portfolio including U.S. Onshore, deepwater Gulf of Mexico and international assets. He was most recently Senior Vice President, International and Deepwater Operations and a member of Anadarko’s Executive Committee. In this capacity, he was responsible for new and existing developments, including Anadarko’s significant multi-train LNG project in Mozambique.
He previously served as Anadarko’s Vice President, Operations for the Southern and Appalachia Region, where he directed the development of four major shale plays: Eagle Ford, Marcellus, Haynesville and Permian Bone Spring/Avalon. Lawler began his career in 1988 at Kerr-McGee, which was acquired by Anadarko in 2006.
Lawler holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Petroleum Engineering from the Colorado School of Mines and an MBA from Rice University. He and his family are in the process of relocating to Oklahoma City.